India reported a global one-day record of greater than 314,000 new infections Thursday as a coronavirus surge on this planet’s second-most populous nation sends increasingly more sick folks right into a fragile well being care system critically wanting hospital beds and oxygen.
India’s whole of 15.9 million circumstances because the pandemic started is second to the United States. India has almost 1.4 billion folks – about 4 occasions the U.S. inhabitants. Fatalities in India rose by 2,104 prior to now 24 hours, elevating the nation’s general loss of life toll to 184,657, the Health Ministry mentioned. A lot of hospitals are reporting acute shortages of beds and drugs and are working on dangerously low ranges of oxygen.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden introduced Wednesday that the U.S. has administered 200 million COVID vaccine doses.
“Today, we did it,” Biden mentioned, calling the achievement a “powerful demonstration of unity and resolve.”
“We all need to mask up, until the number of cases goes down,” he mentioned, “until everyone has a chance to get their shot.”
With vaccine hesitancy on the rise in lots of states — 1 in 4 Americans say they could decline vaccination — and accessibility nonetheless a difficulty, that is likely to be an issue. But greater than half of adults, and greater than 80% of seniors have gotten at the very least one shot. Nearly 34% are totally vaccinated.
Also within the information:
►Pfizer says it has recognized within the first confirmed cases of counterfeit variations of the vaccine it developed, based on The Wall Street Journal.
►The Los Angeles Times reports that California’s coronavirus case price is now the bottom within the continental United States. The variety of new circumstances prior to now seven days — 40.3 per 100,000 folks — is significantly decrease than the nationwide price of 135.3.
►A big new examine bolsters proof that COVID-19 vaccines are protected for pregnant ladies, a rivalry supported by a reproductive science group. The new proof from CDC researchers was printed Wednesday within the New England Journal of Medicine.
►An inspection report from the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday skewered circumstances and coaching at a Baltimore manufacturing facility where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was being manufactured.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 31.86 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances and 569,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: greater than 143.5 million circumstances and 3million deaths. Nearly 277.9 million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and nearly 215.9 million have been administered, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: With a number of states lifting masks mandates and COVID-19 vaccination charges on the rise, vacationers are beginning to ask when they are going to have the ability to fly with out sporting a masks. It should not be anytime quickly, flight attendants say.
- Frustrated with CDC guidelines, cruise traces take enterprise, ships elsewhere
- Flight attendants need airline masks mandates prolonged
- Americans grappling with loss of life of family members – and their taxes
- COVID-19 infections in vaccinated folks unusual, CDC examine says
- Biden calls on employers to supply paid time without work for vaccinations
- 77 inmates at Iowa jail given incorrect overdoses of Pfizer vaccine
Cruise traces are slowly moving ships abroad after greater than a 12 months with out crusing in U.S. waters as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, almost half of cruises worldwide depart from U.S. ports, based on a 2019 report from Cruise Lines International Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “conditional sailing order” is holding ships from crusing, nevertheless. Major cruise traces, together with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Virgin Voyages have introduced sailings in different elements of the world, together with the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Israel.
“If the CDC won’t listen to reason, well, we’ll move our ships out of the U.S.,” mentioned Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
– Morgan Hines
The federal masks mandate on planes and in airports, signed by Biden in January and because of expire May 11, should be extended through September, the president of the most important flight attendants union mentioned. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, mentioned instructed a Senate subcommittee that the nation stays “in the middle of a crisis.”
“I do think it’s important that we recognize that and stay the course here with the mask policies, with all of our diligence (and) with the efforts to get the vaccine out to everyone,” Nelson mentioned.
U.S. airways have required passengers to put on masks for almost a 12 months and repeatedly requested for a federal masks mandate to assist them implement it on flights. The efforts had been unsuccessful till Biden took workplace.
– Dawn Gilbertson
When somebody passes away, their tax complications do not die with them. In reality, these obligations can additional complicate the lives of survivors: Federal property taxes could also be due and state inheritance taxes may come into play as effectively. Hundreds of 1000’s of Americans mourning the deaths of family members to the coronavirus at the moment are coping with the tax paperwork they left behind. That can usually be sophisticated and time consuming. Read more here.
“You still have to reconcile tax liabilities in the year of death when you had income,” says Mark Steber, Chief Tax Information Officer at Jackson Hewitt. “Sooner or later someone will have to clean it up, and it usually falls to a family member.”
– Jessica Menton
Health officers have launched extra proof that COVID-19 infections in totally vaccinated individuals are unusual. The newest examine checked out current infections in about 75 Chicago expert nursing services. Nearly 8,000 residents and almost 7,000 workers acquired two doses of vaccine on the services. In these totally vaccinated, well being officers detected 22 breakthrough infections. Most skilled no signs, however two had been hospitalized and one died.
Other statistics have recommended breakthrough charges are considerably decrease. However, residents of nursing houses and different expert nursing services are usually older and extra frail than the general inhabitants, and a few research have recommended vaccine effectiveness may be decrease in that group.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the examine online.
Sensing a shift within the nation’s COVID-19 inoculation marketing campaign from not sufficient provide to dwindling demand, the Biden administration is trying to make it easier for Americans to get their shots. Biden on Wednesday urged employers large and small to offer their staff paid time without work to get vaccinated and, if obligatory, to recuperate from unwanted side effects. Biden mentioned employers with fewer than 500 staff can get a tax reimbursement to cowl the expense.
“No working American ought to lose a single greenback from their paycheck as a result of they selected to meet their patriotic responsibility and getting vaccinated,’’ Biden mentioned.
Only 43% of working adults within the U.S. have acquired a COVID vaccine shot.
Staff from the Iowa Department of Corrections incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the division confirmed. Cord Overton, a spokesperson for the division, didn’t say how a lot further vaccine every inmate was given.
But Kimberly Koehlhoeffer, 51, of Fairfield, instructed the Des Moines Register, a part of the USA TODAY Network, that her son, Anthony Koehlhoeffer, is amongst these 77 inmates. She mentioned Anthony instructed her medical doctors knowledgeable him and others that they had acquired “six times the recommended amount.”
Kimberly Koehlhoeffer mentioned her son and different inmates have skilled signs that embrace nausea, lack of urge for food, extreme bruising at injection web site, and extreme dehydration. In an emailed assertion to the Des Moines Register, Overton acknowledged that when the division was made conscious of the error, its workers instantly sought steerage from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from Pfizer.
– Andrea May Sahouri, Des Moines Register
Contributing: The Associated Press